The U.S. House has passed legislation, sponsored by a Michigan Congressman, letting insurance companies sell individual coverage even if it falls short of standards set in the Affordable Care Act.
The vote was 261-157, and came after GOP lawmakers said the bill would ease the plight of millions of consumers reeling from cancellation notices.
The White House threatened a veto if the measure eventually reaches President Barack Obama's desk. Democratic leaders worked furiously to minimize defections on the issue, while mindful it is likely to figure prominently in next year's elections with control of Congress at stake.
The vote came Friday as Obama arranged a meeting at the White House with insurance company CEOs, and as the industry and state insurance commissioners began adjusting to an abrupt change in policy he announced a day earlier.
Congressman Dave Camp released the following statement about the passing of the Keep Your Health Plan Act:
â??An estimated 225,000 people across Michigan are having the health care coverage they have and like cancelled as a result of ObamaCare. Despite knowing this would happen, the President and the Democrats who jammed this law through Congress never told the American people what would happen. Today, I voted to allow all these families to keep their health care coverage.â??